[Eril-l] Employment Opportunity – University at Buffalo Libraries Head of Discovery Services

Bartl, Susan unlsdb at buffalo.edu
Thu Apr 13 08:24:15 PDT 2017

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Employment Opportunity – University at Buffalo Libraries
Head of Discovery Services (Staff Associate SL-4)

The University at Buffalo Libraries seek a forward-thinking and resourceful library professional to serve as a pivotal member of the management team of Discovery and Delivery. The Head of Discovery Services provides leadership for electronic resource management, acquisitions, cataloging and metadata services to ensure that online and print collections are efficiently acquired, easily accessible and readily discoverable to all library users. Working under the purview of the Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery, the incumbent works closely with library faculty and staff to improve the ways in which the Libraries acquire and manage library materials in all formats.

The Head of Discovery Services works to improve operational efficiencies and seizes on opportunities to incorporate emerging technologies into workplace operations. This individual oversees the administration of Ex Libris Aleph, the current integrated library system (ILS) in use, and helps to lead the Libraries efforts to prepare for and migrate to the next-generation library services platform (LSP) within two years. The incumbent participates in the evaluation of applications that support and enhance information discovery and retrieval in the library services platform.

The Head of Discovery Services is a pivotal contributor to assessment activities that help create and maintain a data-driven culture in all areas of the Discovery and Delivery unit. The incumbent leads efforts to find innovative ways to reduce resource costs through collaborative engagement with peer institutions within SUNY and throughout the state. Working closely with the Associate University Librarian in Discovery and Delivery and other team managers in Discovery and Delivery, this individual will plan and implement projects for new services, design new strategies for statewide partnerships, and develop new revenue streams.

The successful candidate must be able to coach and mentor staff and support innovation, collaboration, communication, engagement, and accountability within the Libraries.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent) is required.

The incumbent must have at least two years of managerial and supervisory experience in an academic research library.

Awareness of current practice, research and trends in cataloging, e-resources and acquisitions, and information technology is required.

The Head of Discovery Services must possess superior project management skills and have the ability to coordinate the work and activities of others.

The incumbent must be an effective team leader, foster strategic innovation, inspire and empower staff, create consensus for new and innovative programs, and build trust among internal constituents.

This individual must have a strong service orientation and be able to create a working environment that is responsive to the needs of library patrons. Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and address problems resourcefully and creatively is required. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are necessary for the incumbent to be successful in this position.
Preferred Experience:

Five years of successful, progressively responsible professional experience in academic library technical services is preferred.

Proficiency with relational databases and experience with Tableau or other data visualization tools is highly desirable.

To apply:

Visit https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu and search for posting number P1700027. All applicants must apply via the UBJobs Web site. Please provide contact information, including email addresses, for three professional references at the end of your cover letter. Candidates invited to interview for the position will be expected to give a short presentation to faculty and staff of the University Libraries. Nominations and/or questions may be addressed to Cherie Williams, Human Resources Officer at ublibjob at buffalol.edu<mailto:ublibjob at buffalol.edu>. Review of applicants is currently underway. The deadline for applying is May 18, 2017.

The University at Buffalo

A flagship institution in the State University of New York system and a member of the Association of American Universities, UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. UB offers more than 375 academic programs – the largest menu of academic choices in New York State. UB provides students access to a rich variety of multicultural experiences and environments, both on campus and through our 80-plus study abroad programs. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world.

The University Libraries

As the largest academic research library in the SUNY system, the UB Libraries provide an outstanding array of digital and print resources to support research in both physical and virtual environments. Our mission is to provide outstanding resources, experts, services and spaces that enrich the research, learning, teaching and creative activities of UB faculty, students and staff as well as those of the local and global community members we serve.

The Buffalo Niagara Region

The Buffalo Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with diverse communities and outstanding assets. Voted America’s No. 1 favorite city by Travel+Leisure readers, and ranked among the top five American cities to which to relocate by Spelling’s Best Places, Buffalo is on the rise – and UB is proud to play an active part in its resurgence. Buffalo offers the amenities of a major urban area without the headaches. Friendly folks, quick commutes, charming neighborhoods and a low cost of living are among the perks of life in the region. Three international bridges connect the Buffalo Niagara region to Canada. Travel to the cosmopolitan city of Toronto is only 90 minutes by car. By air, we are less than an hour to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The University at Buffalo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Cherie Williams, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Officer
University Libraries
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
434C Capen Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260
Phone: 716.645.0984 | FAX: 716.645.3844
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Susan Davis
Interim Head of Acquisitions
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
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Buffalo, NY 14260-2210
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